Politics of Art Museums in a Changing World
with Professor Vishakha N. Desai
Wednesday, October 30, 2019 • 6-7PM
Columbia University, Fayerweather Hall, Room 411
Open only to undergraduates
The Talks with Professors series allows undergraduate students to engage in casual and meaningful conversations with distinguished scholars in a laid-back, informal setting. Students joined Vishakha N. Desai, Vice Chair of the Committee on Global Thought; Senior Advisor for Global Affairs to the President; and Senior Research Scholar, School of International and Public Affairs, for a conversation on “Politics of Arts Museums in a Changing World.”
Developed in response to the increasing political pressures placed on artists and arts institutions by activists and special interest groups, on the one hand, and politically conservative governments on the other, the CGT Signature Research Project “Politics of Visual Arts” focuses on new political trends that are affecting the creation, presentation, reception, and preservation of works of art in diverse cultural contexts. Project leader Vishakha N. Desai discussed the role of art institutions (such as museums) in this new landscape, specifically with regards to questions of art ownership and repatriation.